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When you skip Voting It's not Rebellion, It's Surrender

Helpful election and voting information and websites

FarsiVoter is not affiliated nor a paid promoter of the websites below. They are provided for educational purposes only.

Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder's office:

Norwalk office/ Headquarters

12400 Imperial Hwy.

Norwalk, CA 90650

Phone: (800) 815-2666         

Some of the election services they provide:

  • Find your district and your polling place
  • Register to vote
  • Check your registration status
  • Vote by Mail
  • Learn how to become a poll worker.




LA Free the Vote

what​ Is this program?

Despite the passage of AB 2466 in 2016 LA County wanted to increase their outreach to all residents and created this program in 2018. Now most probationers and LA residents with a felony on their record are eligible to vote. 

Have you done time? You're likely eligible to vote

In California, people with misdemeanor convictions and those who have felony convictions but are on probation or done with parole can also vote.

Who can Vote?

Out on bail

In jail awaiting trial or sentencing

In jail on AB 109 felony

All misdemeanors

On probation (including supervised release)

Not yet:

In prison

On parole

In jail on parole violation

In jail awaiting transfer to prison

If deemed mentally incompetent to stand trial

For more information, contact our office at [email protected] or call 800-815-2666.


 No Party Preference/Independents voting in California 

Please be aware that this information ONLY pertains to Primary elections and not the General elections to be held on Nov 3, 2020 where regardless of your political party you can for example vote for all Presidential candidates from any political party. 

No Party Preference voters that are not affiliated with a qualified political party and hence are called independents. According to California Secretary of State political parties set their own rules for whether independents can vote in their primaries. Republicans, for example, don't let them take part. Democrats do.

For the 2020 Presidential Primary Election, the following political  parties have agreed to allow non-affiliated voters to vote their party’s ballot for the President of the United States contest:

Democratic Party

American Independent Party

Libertarian Party

What does this mean when it comes to voting for the Presidential/Primary election of March 3, 2020:

As a No Party Preference Voter, why did I receive a postcard?

Since you are registered as No Party Preference, you received a postcard explaining that you have the option to vote for candidates of qualified parties if they notified the Secretary of State that they are allowing non-affiliated voters to do so. You can request a vote-by-mail ballot from the Democratic Party, American Independent Party or the Libertarian party by returning the postcard, or submitting a request online here. 

Why are only three parties listed on the postcard and not all the other qualified parties, including the Republican, Green, and Peace and Freedom Parties?

Only the Democratic, American Independent, and Libertarian Parties notified the Secretary of State that they are allowing non-affiliated (No Party Preference) voters to vote for candidates of their parties.

Why didn’t the other parties allow No Party Preference voters to vote for their candidates?

This was a decision made by each political party, not the Registrar of Voters. Contact the political parties for more information.

If I am a No Party Preference voter, how can I request a ballot for the Republican Party, Green Party, or Peace and Freedom Party?

You need to re-register with that party. Click here to re-register.

If I do not request a Democratic, American Independent, or Libertarian Party ballot, will I be allowed to vote?

Yes, you will be allowed to vote. No Party Preference voters not requesting one of those ballots will be given a non-partisan ballot, containing only the names of the candidates for non-partisan (No Party Preference) offices, voter-nominated offices, and measures to be voted upon.

If I do request a Democratic, American Independent, or Libertarian Party ballot, will I now be registered with that party?

No, you will still be registered as a No Party Preference voter. You will only be given a Democratic, American Independent, or Libertarian Party ballot for the 2020 Presidential Primary Election, if requested.

If I am a No Party Preference voter, am I considered a registered voter?

Yes, you are a registered voter but not affiliated with a qualified political party.

I’m an Independent Party voter. Am I considered a No Party Preference Voter?

​A No Party Preference voter is one who did not register with one of the qualified political parties – Democratic, Republican, American Independent, Green, Libertarian, and Peace and Freedom. The “Independent Party” is not a qualified political party, and voters who registered with this party will be treated in the same manner as a No Party Preference voter.

What is Federal Voting Assistance Program

This website helps you to vote if your are a US Citizen, or in the US military living abroad and want to vote in your state's election.


Here are the four basic steps you have to take to vote in your state's election.

  • You register to vote and request an absentee ballot by filling out the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA), and sending it to your election office in your State of legal residence.
  • The election office approves the FPCA, disapproves the FPCA or requests additional information.
  • Once the FPCA is approved, the election office sends an absentee ballot to you.
  • You then complete, and return your voted absentee ballot to your election office by your State's deadline.

Here is how to register if you are a California resident.

for Los Angeles County:

How to Register as an Absentee Voter:

  • Online: California Online Voter Registration or Federal Voting Assistance Program
  • Download and complete the voter registration form from the California Secretary of State and do one of the following:

    • Email a scanned form to          [email protected].

    • Fax the form to (562) 462-2354.

    • Mail the form to:

    Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk

    Voter Records Division

    P.O. Box 30450

    Los Angeles, CA 90030-0450

    For more information, call (800) 815-2666 Option 2.

Re-register to Vote

Re-register when you:

  • Change address
  • Change name
  • Change political party

If you have been discharged from the military or are not living outside of the territorial limits of the United States or D.C., you should re-register to vote using a regular application in your home state.


Multilingual Service Program for LA County


Under the Los Angeles County Registrar/Recorder's office website: you will find the tab "Multilingual Service Program" . This page provides you with the following helpful resources and applications (in Farsi) that you can print and mail to them. 

  • Farsi translation glossary
  • Bilingual Poll Worker Application
  • Vote By Mail Application


         What is a Sample Ballot Booklet?

Your Sample Ballot is just that — an example of your ballot. It is specific to the information you provided on your voter registration form, such as where you live and party preference.

Your Sample Ballot is a great tool to use before and on Election Day. You can find the following items in your Sample Ballot Booklet:

● Candidates and measures you can vote for on Election Day

● Candidate statements

● Assigned polling place

● Vote by Mail Ballot Application

The Registrar/Recorder's Office automatically mails Sample Ballots to registered voters 30 to 40 days before every election. You can also request an E-Sample Ballot to be sent to you by email. In addition, you can access your sample ballot online with the Sample Ballot Lookup.



     Will you be overseas or out of your county 

           for Election Day, here is what to do.                   

Even if you are or were registered to vote in your county, in order to receive your election materials and vote when you are absent from your county while serving and/or living overseas, you need to apply for a vote-by-mail ballot by completing the online voter registration application or by completing the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA).

When you complete your online voter registration application or your FPCA, you can choose to receive your ballot and the accompanying Military or Overseas Voter Return Envelope mailed, faxed, or emailed to you. You may even be able to download them from your county elections official's website. 

Contact your local County Registrar/Recorder's office for more information. 



What if you miss the deadline to register online?

If you are registering or re-registering less than 15 days before an election you will need to complete the Same-Day Voter Registration process and request your ballot in person at your county elections office or polling location (Vote Center). 

For more information contact your local county elections official.

Source: LA COUnty Registrar's Office 



           Do you know what is a 

               Runoff  Election     

A runoff election is a second election held to determine a winner when no candidate in the first election met the required threshold for victory. Runoff elections can be held for both primary elections and general elections.

In some states, like Georgia and nine others, candidates must get a minimum of 50 percent of the votes. When neither candidate is able to secure a majority, the law mandates that the top two candidates must advance to a runoff.

Source: Ballotpedia

California Secretary of State:

The Elections Division of the official government agency which oversees all federal and state elections within California. The Secretary of State prints the Official Voter Information Guide. It is a great tool for learning about what is on your state ballot.



MapLight is a non-partisan research organization that reveals money’s influence on politics.

They research and compile data about the sources of campaign contributions in U.S. presidential, congressional, state, and local ballot and candidate elections. They provide journalists and citizens with transparency tools that connect data on campaign contributions, politicians, legislative votes, industries, companies, and more to show patterns of influence never before possible to see. These tools allow users to gain unique insights into how campaign contributions affect policy so they can draw their own conclusions about how money influences our political system.


League of Women Voters of Los Angeles:

The League of Women Voters is a non-partisan political organization encouraging informed and active participation in government. It helps shape public policy through education and advocacy. The League of Women Voters never supports or opposes any political party or candidate.

The League of Women Voters operates at three levels: local, state and national.

The League of Women Voters of Los Angeles (LWVLA) is a local League that performs two separate and distinct roles:

  • Voters Service/Citizen Education: present unbiased non-partisan information about elections, the voting process, and issues.
  • "Action/Advocacy": are non-partisan, but, after study, we may use our positions to advocate in the public interest for or against particular policies or ballot measures.

FarsiVoter is a proud member of the League of Women Voters of Los Angeles and has translated their "Voter Service" page into Farsi.



Election Terminology

Absentee ballot - a mailable paper ballot that is used by voters who will not be able to vote (or choose not to vote) at their home precinct on election day (like military personnel stationed overseas). The voter mails the absentee ballot before election day and it is counted on election day.

Ballot - a piece of paper listing the candidates running for office. A ballot is used to cast a vote.

Ballot box - a box in which votes are placed.

Ballot initiative - also called a ballot measure, referendum or proposition. A ballot initiative is a proposed piece of legislation (a law) that people can vote on.

Bill of Rights - the Bill of Rights is the first 10 amendments to the US Constitution. These amendments were ratified on December 15, 1791. The Bill of Rights was proposed to ensure that individuals would have civil rights and could avoid the tyranny of an overly-powerful central government.

Bipartisan - supported by members of the two major political parties (the Democrats and the Republicans).

Bicameral - consisting of two legislative branches, like the US Congress, which consists of the House of Representatives and the Senate.

Blanket primary - a primary election in which the names of all the candidates for all the parties are on one ballot.

Campaign - a series of political actions (like advertisements, public appearances, and debates) that are used to help a candidate get elected to office.

Candidate - a person who is running for an office.

Caucus - an informal meeting at which potential voters and candidates (or their representatives) talk about the issues and their preferred candidate, and then decide which candidate they support and which delegates to send to their political party's convention. Not every US state has caucuses.

Closed primary - a primary election in which only those voters who have registered as belonging to a particular political party can vote. For example, if it is a Republican primary election, only those people who are registered Republicans can vote (since that election is to choose the Republican candidate who will eventually run for office in the general election).

Congress - the US Congress, which makes the country's laws, is divided into the Senate and the House of Representatives. There are currently 100 Senators (2 from each state) and 435 members of the House of Representatives (Representatives are divided by population among the states, with each state having at least 1 representative).

Congressional district - an area within a state from which a member of the House of Representatives is elected. There are 435 Congressional districts. Each district has about 570,000 people. Seats (positions) in the House of Representatives are reapportioned every 10 years; since the number of Representatives is set to 435, some areas lose Representatives and others gain some.

Convention - an official meeting of the delegates of a political party at which they choose their candidates and decide upon their party platform.

Debate - A formal, public political discussion involving two or more candidates for office. In a debate, candidates state and defend their positions on major issues. Debates are often held in public places or are broadcast on radio, TV, and/or on the Internet.

Delegate - a person who is chosen to represent a local political party at a political convention.

Election - a process in which people vote to choose a leader or to decide an issue.

Electoral College - a group of people who formally elect the president of the USA (their vote happens after the popular vote). The Electoral College is composed of delegates from each state (plus the District of Columbia). (The number of delegates from each state is equal to the sum of that state's Senators plus Representatives.) According to the US Constitution, the electors (chosen by popular vote) assemble in their respective state capitals on the first Monday after the second Wednesday in December and vote for president. Electors are supposed to vote for the candidate who received a plurality of votes in the state or area they represent. To become president, a candidate must get more than half of the Electoral College votes (270 out of 538 votes).

Executive branch - the part of the US government that administers the laws and other affairs of the government; it includes the President (also called the Chief Executive), the President's staff, executive agencies (the Office of Management and Budget, the National Security Council, etc.) and Cabinet departments (like the State Department, the Dept. of Defense, the Dept. of Agriculture, etc.).

Exit poll - an informal poll taken as people leave the voting booth. Exit polls are used to predict the outcome of the election before the polls are closed.

Federal Election Campaign Act (FECA) - a law passed in 1971 (and amended in 1974, 1976 and 1979) that limits the financing of campaigns for federal elections. The law requires that candidates and their political committees let the public know who gives them money and how they spend that money. The law also regulates the public funding of presidential elections.

Front runner - a front runner is the political candidate who looks as though he/she is winning.

General election - an election that is being held throughout the country on the same day.

Gerrymandering - a process in which a voting district is broken up or the physical boundaries of a voting district are changed in order to make it easier for one political party to win future elections. The term gerrymander was coined in 1812 when a county in Massachusetts was redistricted into a salamander-like shape by Gov. Elbridge Gerry for political purposes. His last name was combined with the word salamander to get "gerrymander."

House of Representatives - the House of Representatives is part of Congress; they propose and vote on legislation (laws). There are 435 members of the House of Representatives (divided by population among the states, with each state having at least 1 representative). There are 435 Congressional districts. Each district has about 570,000 people. Seats (positions) in the House of Representatives are reapportioned every 10 years; since the number of Representatives is set to 435, some areas lose Representatives and others gain some. Representatives are elected to a term of 2 years.

Incumbent - a person who is currently in office.

Independent - a person who is not associated with any political party.

Judicial branch - The part of the US government that settles disputes and administers justice. The judicial branch is made up of the court system, including US District Courts, many Federal courts, the US Court of Appeals (also called the Federal Circuit Courts), and the Supreme Court.

Legislative branch - the part of the US government that makes the laws and appropriates funds. The Legislative Branch includes the US House of Representative and Senate (plus congressional staffs and committees) plus support agencies (like the General Accounting Office, the Congressional Budget Office, the Library of Congress, etc.).

Lobbyist - people who are associated with groups (like labor unions, corporations, etc.) and who try to persuade members of the government (like members of Congress) to enact legislation that would benefit their group.

Majority - more than half of the votes.

Matching funds - public money that is given to presidential candidates in an amount equal to the amount that they have raised privately. During the primary season (before the convention), candidates who use matching funds may get up to $250 in matching funds for each individual contribution they get. The matching funds are mostly financed by U.S. taxpayers (they can check a box to give $3.00 of their taxes when they pay their federal income taxes).

McCain-Feingold Law - also called the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act. It is a law that attempted to reduce the influence of people giving "soft money" to politicians. The law limits the amount of "soft money" that can be given to a political party and how much can be spent on political advertising. This law was named for its sponsors, John McCain, Republican Senator from Arizona, and Russell Feingold, Democratic Senator from Wisconsin.

Midterm election - a general election that does not coincide with a presidential election year, but occurs two years into the term of a president. In a midterm election, some members of the US Senate, all members of the House of Representatives, and many state and local positions are voted on.

Motor-Voter bill - a bill passed by Congress in 1993 that lets US citizens register to vote when they apply for a driver's license.

Open primary - a primary in which all registered voters can vote, regardless of which party they have registered under.

Platform - a formal written document that states a political party's stances on important issues and its goals for the future.

Plurality - in most elections, the person who gets more votes than anyone else is the winner (even if it isn't more than half of the votes). That person is said to have a plurality of the votes.

Political Action Committee (PAC) - PAC's are political groups that are not formally related to a particular political party, but are associated with other groups (like labor unions, corporations, etc.). PAC's try to influence elections and candidates by giving money to them so that they can later have laws passed that would favor their group.

Political party - an organized group of people with common values and goals, who try to get their candidates elected to office. The Democrats and the Republicans are the two major political parties in the USA today.

Politician - a person who is running for office or has won an election and is already in office.

Poll - a survey of people (usually voters) that is taken to find out which candidate or issue they might vote for.

Poll tax - money that must be paid in order to vote. There used to be poll taxes in some places in the USA; this tax kept many poor people from voting since they could not afford to pay the tax. The 24th Amendment to the Constitution (ratified in 1964) made poll taxes illegal.

Popular vote - the result of the votes of the eligible voters. The winner of the popular vote usually wins the election (but not always - sometimes the outcome of the vote of the Electoral College is different).

Precinct - the smallest geographic area in US voting subdivisions, in which local party officials are elected. A precinct usually has from 200 to 1,000 voters in it. Each precinct has an elected precinct captain (the neighborhood party leader). The purpose of a precinct is vote for a candidate and to elect delegates who will go to the city or county convention, and relay the precinct's vote for that candidate.

Primary election - an election that chooses a political party's candidate for office. The winning candidates from each party will later go up against each other in the general election.

Protest vote - a vote for a third party candidate (who is not likely to win) that is meant to show displeasure with the mainstream candidates or parties.

Redistricting - a process in which the physical boundaries of a voting district are changed.

Referendum - also called a ballot measure, initiative or proposition. A ballot initiative is a proposed piece of legislation (a law) that people can vote on.

Representative democracy - a government in which the adult citizens of the country vote to elect the country's leaders. These elected leaders make the governmental decisions.

Republican - a person who belongs to the Republican political party.

Republican Party - a major US political party also known as the G.O.P. (standing for the Grand Old Party). The symbol of the Republican party is the elephant. The Republican party was founded as an anti-slavery party in the mid 1800s. The first Republican US President was Abraham Lincoln.

Senate - the Senate is part of Congress. Senators propose and vote on legislation (laws). There are 100 members of the Senate (two Senators for each state). Senators are elected to a term of 6 years.

Soft money - money that is given to a political party but is not given specifically to support a particular candidate. This money is supposed to be used for purposes such as voter registration drives, administrative costs and general political party expenses, but is often used by the parties to help particular candidates.

Straw vote - an unofficial vote used to predict how an election might turn out.

Suffrage - the right or privilege of voting.

Suffragette - a person who campaigned for the right of women to vote. The 19th amendment (ratified in 1920) to the US Constitution gave women the right to vote.

Super delegate - a special delegate chosen by the party (not elected); their convention vote is not bound by the popular vote or caucus votes. Super delegates are seated because of their position in the party or government, or are chosen by their state party. Democrats have super delegates.

Super Tuesday - a day on which many primaries are held. This term began in 1988, when many southern states decided to hold their primaries on the same day to try to boost their political importance (in relation to the importance of the New Hampshire primary and Iowa caucuses).

Swing voters - voters who do not have allegiance to a particular political party.

Term limits - limits on the length of time that a politician can stay in office. For example, the President of the United States is limited to two four-year terms of office.

Third party - any political party other than the two major parties (the two current major parties are the Democrats and Republicans).

Town meeting - a meeting of the voters of a town in order to discuss and sometimes decide upon issues.

US Constitution - the official document that is the basis of government and law in the United States. It was written in 1787, and ratified in 1789. Many amendments have been added since then.

Vote - a way to show your preference and choose elected leaders or decide on initiatives. People can vote by marking a piece of paper, raising their hand, or filling out a form on a computer.

Voting booth - a small enclosure in which a person votes.

Voting machine - a mechanical device used for voting. There are many different types of voting machines.

Source: Enchanted Learning®


FiveThirtyEight is a polling aggregation website with a blog created by Nate Silver. Established on March 7, 2008, as, in August 2010 the blog became a licensed feature of The New York Times online and was renamed FiveThirtyEight: Nate Silver's Political Calculus.The name of the website refers to the number of electoral college needed to win a presidential race.

What It can do for you:

Gives you up to date coverage of elections.

Makes political predications in races in all states.

It covers issues beyond politics.


Do you want to meet your elective representatives during congressional recesses, then a great website is:

you can put in your zip code and it will tell you the nearest town hall meeting to you.

Here are some terminology for you to know

  • Town Hall - A forum where members of Congress give updates on the current affairs of Congress and answer questions from constituents
  • Office Hours - Serves the same purpose as a Town Hall, however Elected Officials are not always expected to attend
  • Ticketed Event - Oftentimes county party events, local fundraisers, or campaign functions. There may be a fee for admission.
  • TeleTown Hall Meeting - A town Hall conducted by conference call.
  • Coffee - Usually a small regular meeting with constituents in Washington D.C. while Congress is in session.


How to choose a Candidate in any election

and recognize distortion tactics used by them or by their opponents

A) Name Calling: When a candidate uses inflammatory statements that distort the truth. For example a candidate may directly call his or her opponent derogatory names or questions their behavior or personality as "wishy-washy" or being "two-faced" when there is no evidence or reason for this classification. Don't also be side tracked by attacks on a candidate based on family, ethnicity, gender, race or personal characteristics that makes no difference on how they would carry out their duties for the office they are running for.

B) Guilt By Association: Look carefully at criticism of a candidate based on that candidate's supporters, for example" We all know that Mr. X is backed by big banks". Every candidate needs support from a wide range of people and groups who may not represent the candidate's views on all issues. Judge the candidate's own words and deeds.

C) Rumor-Mongering: Watch for unsubstantiated statements. This is when a candidate tries to make "dark hints" about his or her opponent to sway an election. For example a candidate can say: "I've heard that Mr. X is soft on crime". Be aware of such dirty campaigning tactics.

D) Loaded Statements: "I oppose wasteful spending" doesn't say much, but it implies that the candidate's opponent favors it, which of course may not be true. Also statements such as " where was my opponent when the people needed a leader in congress during the financial scandal?" The truth may be that there may never have been any congressional bill on this particular financial issue in congress for the candidate to vote on, and the candidate is trying to distort the truth about his or her opponent's leadership and sympathy for people in financial need.

E) Catch words: Beware of empty phrases such as : "I am a Law and Order Candidate" or "I will restore the American Dream" that are designed to trigger an impulsive emotional reaction in voters without saying much. 

resource: The League of Women Voters of Los Angeles



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              Gubernatorial Recall Ballot

What does a recall ballot look like?

The September 14, 2021, California Gubernatorial Recall Election ballot will have two parts.

There will be a recall question presented on the ballot: “Shall GAVIN NEWSOM be recalled (removed) from the office of Governor?

Following that recall question, all qualified replacement candidates for the office of governor will be listed. The candidates may list their qualified political party preference, or lack of qualified part preference, as well as their ballot designation (if the candidate chooses to provide that information) describing their principal occupations(s), profession(s), and/or vocation(s). The Certified List of Candidates can be found on our website at: Write-in replacement candidates for the office of governor can also run in the California Gubernatorial Recall Election. The Certified List of Write-in Candidates will be available on September 3, 2021.

If a majority of the votes on the recall question are “Yes,” Governor Newsom shall be removed from office and the replacement candidate receiving the highest number of votes shall be declared elected for the remainder of the governor’s term of office (ending January 2, 2023). If one-half or more of the votes on the recall question are “No,” Governor Newsom shall remain in office.

(Cal. Const., art. II, § 15(c); Elec. Code, §§ 11320, 11322)

Recall ballots have two parts. Must voters vote on both parts of the recall ballot?

No. Voters can vote on either one or both parts of the recall ballot. A voter can vote “no” to the question of removing the current elected officer from office and also select a replacement candidate.

Will initiatives or referenda appear on a gubernatorial recall ballot?

No. Initiatives and referenda will not appear on the gubernatorial recall ballot. Under Sections 8(c) and 9(c) of Article II of the California Constitution, only the Governor may call a special election that would place an initiative or referendum on the ballot. Under Section 17 of Article II of the California Constitution, the Lieutenant Governor is authorized to issue a proclamation for the recall election only.

In addition, the Secretary of State can only place an initiative on a ballot that has qualified at least 131 days before a regularly scheduled statewide general election or a special election held before that election. (Cal. Const., art. II, § 8(c)) Since recall elections are called 60 to 80 days before the recall election occurs, there is not enough time to place an initiative on a recall ballot.

Will a replacement candidate’s political party preference and occupation be noted on a recall ballot?

Yes. A replacement candidate’s political party preference will be included on the ballot along with their occupation, if a ballot designation worksheet was filed with their county elections official and the candidate’s ballot designation was approved by the Secretary of State.


Who can vote in a gubernatorial recall election?

Any California registered voter may vote in a gubernatorial recall election.

To check your voter registration status, go to If you need to update your voter registration or find out if you are eligible to register to vote, you can visit our California Online Voter Registration page at

Will every active registered voter be mailed a vote-by-mail ballot?

Yes. Every active registered voter will be mailed a vote-by-mail ballot for the recall election. Counties will begin to mail vote-by-mail ballots approximately 29 days before Election Day.

Voter Information Guides

Will the Secretary of State mail an Official State Voter Information Guide for a recall election?

Yes. An Official State Voter Information Guide will be mailed to every active registered voter household in the State. The Official State Voter Information Guide will have information on the statewide recall election.

Will counties mail county voter information guides for a recall election?

Yes. A county voter information guide will be mailed to every active California registered voter. Some counties include this guide in the same packet with a voter’s vote-by-mail ballot. County voter information guides will provide information on polling locations, a sample of the ballot, and other helpful voter information.

Will there be candidate statements for the replacement candidates?

Yes. A replacement candidate may purchase space for a statement up to 250 words in the Official State Voter Information Guide, if they accept the voluntary expenditure limits to run as a candidate. The current voluntary expenditure limit to run for Governor is $9,728,000.

The deadline for candidates to purchase space for a statement was July 16, 2021. 

What happens after the recall election?

If a majority of the voters vote “yes” on the first question, then the recall is successful and Governor Newsom will removed from office. The replacement candidate who gets the most votes is elected for the remainder of the term of office (through January 2, 2023).

If 50% or more of the voters vote “no” on the first question, then the recall has failed and the Governor Newsom will remain in office.

If Governor Newsom is recalled, when would a new governor take office?

County elections officials have 30 days after the election to complete the official canvass. On the 38th day after the election, if the recall is successful, the Secretary of State will certify the election results, and the new governor would take the oath of office and assume the position for the remainder of the term (through January 2, 2023).

Campaign Contributions

Do campaign contribution laws apply to recall elections?

Yes, campaign contribution laws apply to recall elections.

Committees formed to support or oppose the recall and candidates seeking to replace the elected state officer must comply with campaign finance requirements. The Fair Political Practices Commission is responsible for providing advice about campaign finance issues. They have prepared a fact sheet specific to recall elections that expands on this information. See: For more information, please contact the FPPC or visit

Are campaign contribution and expenditure reports for recall committees and candidates available on the Secretary of State’s website?

Yes. Committees supporting or opposing the recall are required to form committees and to file contribution and spending reports with the Secretary of State’s Political Reform Division. Recall targets may form recall committees or use existing committees to report contributions and spending related to the recall. Replacement candidates are required to form committees and file disclosure reports. 

Campaign contribution and expenditure reports are available on the Secretary of State’s website at

When a committee (a person or group of people who receive or spend money for the purpose of influencing voters to support or oppose candidates or ballot measures) supports or opposes a candidate and raises at least $1 million, the committee must report its top 10 contributors to the California Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC). The committee must update the top 10 list when there is any change. These lists are available on the FPPC website at

State Officer Recalls in General

How many signatures are required for a gubernatorial recall?

To qualify a recall of the Governor for the ballot, proponents need a minimum of 1,495,709 valid petition signatures. This is equal to 12 percent of the votes cast for the office of Governor in 2018, which is the last time the office was on the ballot. Signatures from at least 5 counties must each equal 1 percent of the total number of votes cast in the last election for Governor in the county. (Cal. Const., art. II, § 14(b)) The total number of votes cast for Governor in the 2018 election was 12,464,235.

Who may sign the recall petition?

Only the signatures of registered California voters are counted to qualify a gubernatorial recall for the ballot. (Elec. Code, §§ 322, 11045)

Are the petitions filed with the Secretary of State?

No, each petition must be filed with the elections official of the county where it was circulated by the proponents or their authorized representatives. (Elec. Code, §§ 11102, 11103)

Who verifies petition signatures?

County elections officials are responsible for counting the recall petition signatures and must verify recall petition signatures once the proponents have submitted for verification at least 10 percent of the total number of required signatures. (Elec. Code, § 11104(d))

Has a California Governor ever been recalled?

Since the people added the power of the initiative, referendum, and recall to the California Constitution in 1911, there have been 54 previous attempts to recall California Governors. Only one Governor has been recalled – Gray Davis in 2003.

Governor Newsom’s Recall Petition

Who are the proponents of the current gubernatorial recall effort?

By law, the proponents are those persons who signed the original Notice of Intention to Recall Governor Gavin Newsom that was filed with the Secretary of State’s Office. The lead proponent of the recall of Governor Newsom is Orrin E. Heatlie. Including Mr. Heatlie, there are 125 official proponents of the current recall effort against the Governor. (Elec. Code, §§ 343, 11020)

When did the current recall effort begin?

The proponents’ petition to recall Governor Newsom was approved for circulation by the Secretary of State on June 10, 2020. (Elec. Code, § 11042(d))

Each petition section is required to include specific information, including the proponents’ Notice of Intent with the statement of grounds for initiating the recall, as well as the Governor’s answer. (Elec. Code, §11041) Notice of Intent (PDF) and Answer (PDF).

How much time did the recall proponents have to gather signatures?

In general, recall proponents have 160 days to circulate the approved petition in at least five counties. (Cal. Const., art. II, § 14(a))

For the current effort to recall Governor Newsom, the original deadline for the proponents to circulate and file petitions with county elections officials was November 17, 2020. However, an extension of time for the circulation and filing of the petitions up to and including March 17, 2021, was granted by the Sacramento County Superior Court, due to the impact of COVID-19. Stipulated Order 1/8/2021 (PDF)

Did the recall proponents gather enough signatures?

Yes. On April 26, 2021, California Secretary of State Dr. Shirley N. Weber announced that the threshold of 1,495,709 verified signatures reported by counties had been met for the recall of Governor Gavin Newsom. County elections officials reported the final signature verification on April 29, 2021.

Can voters withdraw their signature from the Governor Gavin Newsom recall petition?

Any voter who has signed a recall petition may provide a written request to their county elections official to have their signature removed from the petition before the petition was filed with the county elections official or within 30 business days of the required amount of valid signatures being reached. Voters seeking to withdraw their signature from a recall petition had to submit the withdrawal request to the county elections official where the voter lived at the time they signed the petition.

The withdrawal period for the gubernatorial recall election was April 26, 2021, to June 8, 2021. (Elec. Code, § 11108(b)) County elections officials were required to report the total number of withdrawn signatures to the Secretary of State by June 22, 2021. The Secretary of State was then required to determine if the petition still has the requisite number of valid signatures to initiate a recall election.

On June 23, 2021, the Secretary of State notified the Department of Finance that there were still a requisite number of valid signatures, after the withdrawn signatures were removed, to initiate a recall election. 6/23/21 Notice to Department of Finance (PDF)(Elec. Code, § 11108(c) and (d))

On July 1, 2021, the Department of Finance provided their estimated costs of the gubernatorial recall election to the Joint Legislative Budget Committee and the Secretary of State. 7/1/21 Department of Finance Cost Estimates (PDF)

On July 1, 2021, the Secretary of State certified the recall and notified the Lieutenant Governor. 7/1/21 Certification of the Recall (PDF)

On July 1, 2021, the Lieutenant Governor issued a proclamation calling for the California Gubernatorial Recall Election to be held on September 14, 2021.

Source: LA County Registrar/Recorder's office 

More Useful Election Websites


Smart Voter provides non-partisan information on elections and voting. You can find contents of current and past elections, contacts for election officials, and other helpful resources, such as complete list of all contests on your ballot including local offices. SmartVoter is a product of the California League of Women Voters.


Voter Bill of Rights

These are your rights as a voter in every election

1. You have the right to cast a ballot if you are a valid registered voter. A valid registered voter means a United States citizen who is a resident in this state, who is 18 years of age and not in prison or on parole for conviction of a felony, and who is registered to vote at his or her current residence address.

2. You have the right to cast a provisional ballot if your name is not listed on the voting rolls.

3. You have the right to cast a ballot if you are present and in line at the polling place prior to the close of the polls.

4. You have the right to cast a secret ballot free from intimidation.

5. You have the right to receive a new ballot, if, prior to casting your ballot, you believe you made a mistake. If at any time before you finally cast your ballot, you feel you have made a mistake, you have the right to exchange the spoiled ballot for a new ballot. Vote-by-Mail voters may also request and receive a new ballot if they return their spoiled ballot to an election official prior to the closing of the polls on election day.

6. You have the right to receive assistance in casting your ballot, if you are unable to vote without assistance.

7. You have the right to return a completed vote-by-mail ballot to any precinct in the county.

8. You have the right to election materials in another language, if there are sufficient residents in your precincts to warrant production.

9. You have the right to ask questions about election procedures and observe the election process. You have the right to ask questions of the precinct board and election officials regarding election procedures and to receive an answer or be directed to the appropriate official for an answer. However, if persistent questioning disrupts the execution of their duties, the board or election officials may discontinue responding to questions.

10. You have the right to report any illegal or fraudulent activity to a local election official or to the Secretary of State's Office.

What if you observe misconduct at a Vote Center

If you have been denied any rights, or you are aware of any election fraud or misconduct, you can call the California Secretary of State's confidential Voter Hotline at (800) 345-VOTE (8683).

What is Safe at Home Program 

Please note that certain voters facing life-threatening situations may qualify for confidential voter status, Please call the California Secretary of States's Safe at Home Program toll- free at (877) 322-5227.

Source: California Secretary of State's Official Voter Information Guide, 2014


American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU):

Voting is the cornerstone of our democracy and the fundamental right upon which all our civil liberties rest. The ACLU works to protect and expand Americansʼ freedom to vote.

Check out their website for very important articles and cases about issues such as voting rights, promoting access to the ballot and fighting voter suppression laws.


Also ACLU of San Diego has a wonderful website that gives you information about the rights of people with criminal convictions to vote called:


Did you Know:

If you have a Misdemeanor Conviction, you can always vote.

In fact, you always keep your right to vote unless you are currently serving a sentence for certain felonies.

Felony Conviction, you can vote if:

* You are on probation or

* You have completed you post-release community supervision or

* You have completed you mandatory supervision or

*You have completed parole.

Your voting rights are automatically returned when you complete your sentence. You just have to fill out a Voter Registration Form.


 "Time off from your Employer"

to go and vote 

The California Elections Code section 14001 requires employers to post a notice to employees advising them of provisions for taking paid leave for the purpose of voting in statewide elections. A sample of this notice, as well as a notice to employers regarding time off for voting is available below as a PDF download or, you may call the Elections Division at (916) 657-2166 to order posters of the notices.

Employers must post the employee notice 10 days before a statewide election. A statewide election is an election held throughout the state.

The employee notice must be posted either in the workplace or where it can be seen by employees as they enter or exit their place of work.

Employees are eligible for paid time off for the purpose of voting only if they do not have sufficient time outside of working hours to vote. The intent of the law is to provide an opportunity to vote to workers who would not be able to do so because of their jobs.

Polls are open from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Employees can be given as much time as they need in order to vote, but only a maximum of two hours is paid.

Employers may require employees to give advance notice that they will need additional time off for voting.

Employers may require time off to be taken only at the beginning or end of the employee's shift.

Source: CA Secretary of State

Facts about California

  • Voter Registration Deadline: 15 days before an election
  • Election Day Voter Registration: Yes
  • Early Voting: Yes
  • Absentee Voting: Yes
  • Voter ID: No
  • Electoral Colleges: 55
  • Senators: 2
  • US House of Representatives: 53
  • Number of Counties:  58

Public Affairs Alliance of Iranian-Americans (PAAIA):

Located in Washington DC and with local chapters, the Public Affairs Alliance of Iranian Americans, PAAIA was born in August 2007 as a 501(c)(4) nonprofit, bipartisan, non-sectarian, to represent and advance the interests of the Iranian American community. It has helped portray a more accurate image of our community with three key audiences: the general public, policymakers, and lawmakers.

 For more information visit their website:

Do you know what the different governmental agencies do?

Secretary of State

As the state's chief election officer, oversees statewide elections and provides public access to campaign and lobbying financial information. Maintains certain business filings, authenticates trademarks, regulates Notaries Public, and enables secured creditors to protect their financial interests. They also preserve California's history for acquiring, safeguarding, and sharing the state's historical treasures. 


As the state's chief fiscal officer, serves as the state's accountant and bookkeeper of all public funds. Administers the state payroll system and unclaimed property laws, and conducts audits and reviews of state operations. It also serves on the Board of Equalization, the Board of Control, and other boards and commissions. 


As the state's banker, manages the state's investments, and administers the sale of state bonds and notes. Serves on several commissions, most of which are related to the marketing of bonds. It also pays out state funds when spent by the Controller and other state agencies. 

Attorney General

As the state's chief law officer, ensures that state laws are enforced and investigates fraudulent or illegal activities. Heads the Department of Justice, which provides state government legal services and represents the state in civil and criminal court cases. It also oversees law enforcement agencies, including County district attorneys and sheriffs.

Insurance Commissioner

Heads the Department of Insurance, which enforces California insurance laws and adopts regulations to implement the laws. Licenses, regulates and examines insurance companies. It also answers public questions and complaints about the insurance industry. 

Board of Equalization

Serves on the Board of Equalization, the state's elected tax commission, which oversees the administration of many tax and fee programs including those for sales, fuels, alcohol, cigarettes, and tobacco. Serves as the appellate body for California income tax and franchise tax cases. It also oversees the administration of property taxes.

Source: Official Voter Information Guide By California Secretary of State

House of Representative

Elected to a two-year term, each representative serves the people of a specific congressional district by introducing bills and serving on committees, among other duties.

You can use this site to find your Representative by putting in your zip code.

U.S. House of Representatives

Washington, DC 20515

(202) 224-3121


United States Senate

Established by the Constitution as one of the chambers of the federal government’s legislative branch.The United States Senate is comprised of one hundred members—two senators from each of the 50 states—who serve six-year, overlapping terms. Senators, along with members of the House of Representatives, propose, author, and vote on federal legislation that touches upon all aspects of U.S. domestic and foreign policy. Senators provide advice and consent on executive nominations and treaties and conduct oversight of all branches of the federal government.

  • You can use this site to find your Senator by putting in the name of your state.

For correspondence to Senate

United States Senate

Washington, D.C. 20510

(202) 224-3121.


Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garretti

Address: Mayor Eric Garrett

City of Los Angeles

200 N. Spring St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Phone:( 213) 978-0600

Email: [email protected]


Deadline for Voter Registration

in California

Even though citizens can register to vote at any time, if they want to vote in an upcoming election, they must register no later than 15 days before that election. A completed affidavit of registration must be postmarked or delivered in person to the county elections office no later than 15 days before an election. (Elections Code §§ 2102, 2107.)

An affidavit of registration postmarked or received from 14 days prior to Election Day to Election Day will not be valid for the current election. However, the person will be registered to vote in time for the next election. New citizens are an exception; they can register up to and including on Election Day. (Elections Code §§ 331, 3500.)

Who Can Register to Vote in California?

In order to register to vote, a person must be:

  • A United States citizen,
  • A resident of California,
  • 18 years of age or older on Election Day,
  • Not currently imprisoned or on parole for the conviction of a felony, and
  • Not currently found to be mentally incompetent by a court of law.

You Cannot Charge a Citizen a Fee

to Register to Vote

The 24th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution prohibits the use of any poll or other tax as a way to deny people the right to vote. Additionally, Elections Code section 2121 states, “No fees may be charged for registration.” A person may, however, solicit campaign contributions while registering voters, as long as that is not a condition for allowing an eligible citizen to register to vote.

Who Can Register Citizens to Vote?

You do not need to be a registered voter, be a particular age or even be a resident of the area in order to register voters. However, if you help someone fill out an affidavit of registration, you do have to fill in and sign the affidavit in the spaces provided for that purpose.

State Voter Registration Card vs. County Voter Registration Card

State Voter Registration Card

The State VRC (Voter Registration Card/Form) is pre-printed with a mailing address to the Secretary of State’s office in Sacramento. These cards come to the Secretary of State’s office, are sorted by hand and then forwarded to the appropriate County elections office where the voter is actually placed on the voter rolls.

The State VRC is printed in English, as well as in Spanish, Chinese, Hindi, Japanese, Khmer, Korean, Tagalog, Thai, and Vietnamese, as required by the federal Voting Rights Act.

The benefit of using the State VRC is it can be used in any of 58 counties. However, it will take a person longer to be registered to vote, given that the cards are mailed to one central location, and then mailed out to the appropriate County where the person is registering to vote.

County Voter Registration Card

The County VRC is identical to the state VRC except the pre-printed mailing address on the front is that of a specific County elections office, so these VRCs can be mailed directly back to the specific County elections office.

Counties are only required to provide election materials in certain languages other than English when the number of residents that speak a minority-language exceeds a certain percentage of the population. Therefore, most Counties do not print County VRCs in all nine approved languages.

The benefit of using the County VRC is the person will become a registered voter much quicker, since the card is mailed directly to their home County elections office.

source: California Secretary of State


Federal law says that "no person ... shall intimidate, threaten, coerce ... any other person for the purpose of interfering with the right of [that] person to vote or to vote as he may choose." Many states have their own laws prohibiting voter intimidation.

Voter intimidation is rare and unlikely. But if someone is attempting to interfere with your or anyone’s right to vote, it may be voter intimidation and a violation of federal law.

Examples of intimidation may include:

  • aggressively questioning voters about their citizenship, criminal record, or other qualifications to vote , in a manner intended to interfere with the voters’ rights
  • falsely presenting oneself as an elections official
  • spreading false information about voter requirements, such as an ability to speak English, or the
  • need to present certain types of photo identification (in states with no such requirement)
  • displaying false or misleading signs about voter fraud and the related criminal penalties
  • other harassment, particularly toward non-English speakers and voters of color


You can report intimidation to:

  • The Election Protection Hotline: 1-866-OUR-VOTE or 1-888-VE-Y-VOTA (en Español)
  • The U.S. Department of Justice Voting Rights Hotline: 800-253-3931; TTY line 877-267-8971
  • Local and state officials, including poll workers; your county clerk, elections commissioner,
  • elections supervisor; or your state board of elections


In many states, poll monitors must be trained and certified by a political party or a candidate, and must carry their certification paperwork with them. In many states, poll monitors must also be registered voters in the state or county where they are monitoring the polls.


Generally, certified poll monitors are allowed inside the polling place, but states may limit the number of poll monitors per candidate/ party at any given time. In many states, certified poll monitors may inspect the pollbooks. In many states, certified poll monitors can challenge the qualifications of voters.

Unofficial/self-designated election observers are not permitted inside a polling place.


Poll monitors are not usually allowed in the “enclosed space” that includes the voting machines, the voting booth, or the area immediately around the poll workers’ tables. In many states, poll monitors may observe within a reasonable distance of the pollworkers’ table, but not interact directly with voters. In many states, poll monitors may not inspect the poll books when voters are present.


Laws vary. In many states, if your qualifications are challenged, you can give a sworn statement that you satisfy the qualifications to vote in your state, and then proceed to cast a regular ballot.


Always ask pollworkers to double check the regular list of registered voters. If you are not registered, ask if there is a supplemental list of voters (sometimes, voters who register closer to Election Day are processed after the pollbooks are printed, then placed on a supplemental list). You may also ask them to check a statewide system, if one is available, to see if you are registered to vote at a different polling place.

If they still can’t find you, ask for a provisional ballot. All voters are entitled to a provisional ballot, even if you are not in the pollbook. After Election Day, election officials must investigate whether you’re qualified and registered to vote; and if so, they must count your provisional ballot.


Campaigning is not allowed inside a polling place. Campaigning may be permitted outside the polling place – at a certain distance from the polls. Some states prohibit campaigning within 200 feet of the entrance a polling place (Alaska); others permit campaigning up to 30 feet from the entrance (Alabama).


Police are allowed inside the polling place. If you are feeling intimidated or harassed, you can report it to the police. Police, like everyone, are subject to laws against voter intimidation.


Under federal law, voters with disabilities or limited English proficiency may get help voting from a person they choose, as long as it’s not the voter’s employer, or an agent of the voter’s employer or union. They cannot be turned away from the polls because a poll worker thinks they do not have the capacity to vote. If someone is registered to vote, they should be allowed to vote.


                  Frequently Asked Questions about the CA        

                  Gubernatorial Recall on September 14/2021

What is the California Gubernatorial Recall Election?

On July 1, 2021 California Lieutenant Governor Eleni Kounalakis ordered that a statewide election be held to determine whether to recall Governor Gavin Newsom and, if appropriate, elect a successor. This election will be held on September 14, 2021.

This election will run like any statewide election in Los Angeles County, in that all registered voters will be mailed a Vote by Mail ballot, there will be hundreds of Ballot Drop Boxes for contactless ballot drop off, and there will be hundreds of in-person Vote Centers available as early as 10 days before Election Day.

Can I track my Vote by Mail Ballot?

Yes, you can track your ballot every step of the way by subscribing to Where’s My Ballot ( for free. You will receive real-time notifications by text message, email, or voicemail on the status of your mailed ballot. After you return your ballot you will also receive notifications of when your ballot is received and counted at the Registrar’s office.

Voting by mail:

This is the easiest and most convenient way to vote. All registered voters in the County will be sent a Vote by Mail ballot no later than August 16. Simply fill out your ballot, seal it, sign it, and place it in the mail. Make sure it is postmarked no later than Election Day, September 14 – and remember, no postage is necessary!

Drop off at a secure Ballot Drop Box:

You can return your ballot at one of 400 safe and secure Ballot Drop Box locations. All Ballot Drop Boxes will be available no later than August 16 and will remain open every day through 8 PM on Election Day, September 14. Voters will receive a list of the nearest drop box locations in their Vote by Mail packet. A full list of drop box locations can be found on

Do I have to register to vote?

If you are already registered to vote, you do not need to register again for the Recall Election. If you are 18 years of age and a U.S. Citizen and you are not registered to vote you should register today at If you’re not sure if you’re registered to vote you can check your registration status online at

When is the registration deadline?

The last day to register and receive a Vote by Mail ballot for the Recall Election is August 30.

Can I still vote if I miss the registration deadline?

Yes, any eligible voter who misses the deadline can still vote in-person at any Vote Center in Los Angeles County beginning September 4.

@LACountyrrcc Plan your vote today at!


What else will be different about this election?

This election is unique because there are 46 candidates who will appear on your ballot. That is much more than what you’re used to seeing in a single contest. Rather than spending more time at a Vote Center, it will be much easier to mark your ballot at home with the Vote by Mail ballot and return it by mail or at a Ballot Drop Box.

If you plan to vote in-person, we encourage you to save yourself a lot of time by filling out your selections before leaving the house with the Interactive Sample Ballot (ISB). The ISB allows you to mark your selections and transfer those selections at the Vote Center by scanning the Poll Pass (QR code) on the Ballot Marking Device. Fill out your selections at

What is a Ballot Drop Box?

A Ballot Drop Box is a safe and secure alternative to return your Vote by Mail ballot. In this election there are 400 secure Ballot Drop Boxes available to return your ballot -- all boxes will be available no later than August 16. Simply fill out the ballot mailed to your house, seal it, sign it, and return it to a drop box. To find a Ballot Drop Box in your neighborhood, go to

What is a Vote Center?

A Vote Center is an accessible location in Los Angeles County where voters can safely cast their ballot in-person. In this election there are 253 locations available throughout the County. Vote Centers provide modern features to make voting safe, easy, and convenient. These locations also serve as a Vote by Mail Ballot Drop Box – no need to wait, simply drop off your voted ballot at the front.

Select Vote Centers will open Saturday, September 4 and will remain open everyday from 10 AM to 7 PM. All Vote Center locations will be available beginning Saturday, September 11 and will remain open every day through Election Day, September 14. Vote Center hours on Election Day are extended to 7 AM to 8 PM.

What are the COVID-19 Guidelines at a Vote Center?

Vote Centers will follow public health and safety guidelines to ensure a safe voting environment for all voters and Election Workers. Voters should be prepared to wear a face mask and to socially distance themselves while at the Vote Center. Masks will be available to voters who do not have one with them.

Where can I find a Vote Center?

A postcard mailing will be sent to all registered voters in late-August to early-September that shows the nearest Vote Center locations to their residence. Voters can also find a full list of Vote Center locations online at